1st Edition

Cost Accounting and Financial Management for Construction Project Managers

By Len Holm Copyright 2019
    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    300 Pages
    by Routledge

    Proper cost accounting and financial management are essential elements of any successful construction job, and therefore make up essential skills for construction project managers and project engineers. Many textbooks on the market focus on the theoretical principles of accounting and finance required for head office staff like the chief financial officer (CFO) of a construction firm. This book's unique practical approach focuses on the activities of the construction management team, including the project manager, superintendent, project engineer, and jobsite cost engineers and cost accountants. In short, this book provides a seamless connection between cost accounting and construction project management from the construction management practitioner’s perspective.

    Following a complete accounting cycle, from the original estimate through cost controls to financial close-out, the book makes use of one commercial construction project case study throughout. It covers key topics like financial statements, ratios, cost control, earned value, equipment depreciation, cash flow, and pay requests. But unlike other texts, this book also covers additional financial responsibilities such as cost estimates, change orders, and project close-out.

    Also included are more advanced accounting and financial topics such as supply chain management, activity-based accounting, lean construction techniques, taxes, and the developer’s pro forma. Each chapter contains review questions and applied exercises and the book is supplemented with an eResource with instructor manual, estimates and schedules, further cases and figures from the book.

    This textbook is ideal for use in all cost accounting and financial management classes on both undergraduate and graduate level construction management or construction engineering programs.


    1. Introduction
    2. Accounting Methods
    3. Introduction to Construction Management
    4. Introduction to Estimating
    5. Jobsite General Conditions
    6. Home Office General Conditions
    7. Financial Statements and Financial Ratios
    8. Cost Control
    9. Earned Value Analysis
    10. Activity Based Accounting
    11. Supply Chain Material Management
    12. Equipment Use and Depreciation
    13. Cash Flow
    14. Pay Requests
    15. Accounting for Change Orders
    16. Financial Close-Out of the Construction Project
    17. Lean Construction Practices and Cost Management
    18. Taxes and Audits
    19. Developer’s Pro forma


    • Case Study Description and Exhibits
    • Abbreviations
    • Glossary
    • Index


    Len Holm is a senior lecturer in construction management at the University of Washington, USA, and a construction professional with over 40 years’ experience in various roles, including supervision of project managers, estimators, and jobsite cost accountants. He runs his own construction management firm, has developed and taught several new courses for construction management students at the University of Washington, and is the author of numerous textbooks, including Management of Construction Projects, second edition, with John Schaufelberger, and Introduction to Construction Project Engineering, with Giovanni Migliaccio, also published by Routledge.

    "In Cost Accounting for Construction Management, Len Holm successfully peels back the norms of construction project management and weaves in a detailed recipe for better understanding the broader study of construction financial management. By using specific case studies and intuitive exercises, Holm provides a compelling and detailed understanding of the delicate balance between construction cost accounting and project management."

    Robert Guymer, Chief Operations Officer – Foushée & Associates Company, Inc